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dado

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noun, da·do \ˈdā-(ˌ)dō\

Definition of dado

plural dadoes

  1. 1 a :  the part of a pedestal of a column above the base b :  the lower part of an interior wall when specially decorated or faced; also :  the decoration adorning this part of a wall

  2. 2 :  a rectangular groove cut to make a joint in woodworking; specifically :  one cut across the grain



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Origin of dado

Italian, die, plinth


First Known Use: 1664


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dado

verb, da·do

Definition of dado

dadoeddadoing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide with a dado

  3. 2 a :  to set into a groove b :  to cut a dado in (as a plank)



1881

First Known Use of dado

1881


Learn More about dado

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of "dado" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "dado"


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